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The diagram on the right shows a square with side length $2\text{m}$ and lines drawn to its sides from its centre $O$. The points $A$, $B$, $C$ and $D$ are all on different sides of the square.

The lines $OA$ and $OB$ are perpendicular, as are $OC$ and $OD$.

What is the shaded area?






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This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.
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